cove1 / kōv/ • n. 1. a small sheltered bay. 2. a sheltered recess, esp. one in a mountain. 3. Archit. a concave arched molding, esp. one formed at the junction of a wall with a ceiling. • v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (coved) Archit. provide (a room, ceiling, etc.) with a cove. cove2 • n. Brit., inf., dated a man: he is a perfectly amiable cove.
1. Surface of concave, more or less quarter-cylindrical form, usually applied to the cavetto moulding between a wall and coved ceiling, called coving. In many cases the coving is heavily ornamented.
2. Large concave part of a chancel-screen under the gallery, often with the appearance of vaulting.
3. Curved transition between an exterior wall and the eaves, called coved eaves.